Thursday, February 28, 2013

 Claudio Miranda is a Chilean-born American cinematographer best known as the Academy Award winning director of cinematography on Ang Lee's film Life of pie.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VDSLR(Video Digital Single-Lens Reflex) is especially designed for filming and video purpose with DSLR cameras and professional camcorders with corresponding mounts. Characteristic features of VDSLR include toothed gears compatible with follow focus systems and fluid aperture rings available in the film industry. Such modifications allow for extremely precise control over focus and aperture for video shooting. The Samyang VDSLR lenses offer the best optics with memorable experience and exceptional value to every videographer or photographer.
8mm V-DSLR   
Aperture Range (T-STOP) T3.8 ~T22
Exclusive Mount Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Sony-E,
Four-thirds, Samsung NX
14mm V-DSLR   
Aperture Range (T-STOP) T3.1 ~T22
Exclusive Mount Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Sony-E,
Four-thirds, Samsung NX
35mm V-DSLR   
Aperture Range (T-STOP) T1.5 ~T22
Exclusive Mont Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Sony-E,
Four-thirds, Samsung NX
24mm V-DSLR   
Aperture Range (T-STOP) T1.5 ~ T22
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Four-thirds, Samsung NX
The Ultimate EOS.
Canon has brought the best of the EOS-1D Series of digital cameras into one phenomenal model: the new flagship of the EOS line, the EOS-1D X. Its full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and all-new Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors deliver high quality image capture at up to 12 fps (14 fps in Super High Speed Mode) and a powerful ISO range of 100 - 51200 (up to 204800 in H2 mode) provides sharp, low-noise images even in the dimmest low-light conditions. An all-new, 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF and 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor that uses a dedicated DIGIC 4 Image Processor, makes the EOS-1D X reach new levels of focus speed and accuracy delivering advanced tracking even for the most challenging shooting situations. Taken all together, the EOS-1D X's improved HD video capture, numerous connectivity options, combination of processing power and durable construction, including shutter durability tested to 400,000 cycles, make it the ultimate EOS. 

In response to user requests, Canon has expanded the autofocus versatility of the EOS-1D X DSLR with Firmware Update Ver. 1.1.1. This update greatly enhances the sophisticated 61-point High Density Reticular AF System of the EOS-1D X DSLR. This firmware update adds two important autofocus capabilities: AF point illumination during AI Servo AF and cross-type AF support at f/8.

Definition: Setting of lens diaphragm that determines amount of light transmitted by lens. * Equal to focal length of lens divided by diameter of entrance pupil. * f/numbers are, for convenience and by convention, placed on a scale in which each standard f/number step (f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/45, f/64 and so on) represents a doubling in the amount of light transmitted e.g. f/4 transmits twice as much light as f/5.6; conversely, f/16 transmits a quarter of f/8. * Since f/number is usually calculated from simple physical dimensions, different lens designs, varying focus and the use of accessories may all affect the actual amount of light projected: one lens set to e.g. f/8 may not give quite the same exposure as another lens set to f/8.


Definition: f/number of a lens corrected for the light loss during transmission through the lens. * f/number of a perfectly transmitting lens which would give the same illuminance on the axis as that produced by the test lens. * Equals the f/number divided by the square root of transmittance (assuming a circular aperture) e.g. if transmittance is 50% (only half light entering system exits the system), square root of a half is 1/C2, so T-number is one stop more than the f/number, so a relative aperture of f/4 with transmittance 50% is a T/5.6 lens. * Also known as T-stop. Assuming the ideal The f/number of a lens is defined by simple geometry (one length divided by another) so it assumes that the lens passes all of the light entering it. But no lens does: each interface between media of different refractive indexes causes a loss. Modern lenses are amazingly efficient so losses are in practice very small and, at any rate, losses are automatically compensated by through-the-lens metering. T-numbers are important in film industry, where TTL metering is not common. 
Lines guide the viewer’s eye from one point to another through the photo. Look for lines that lead towards your main subject. Avoid lines that lead the viewer’s eye out of the photo. Remember, lines can be curved as well as straight

Don’t neglect the foreground in your photos. Make the foreground work for you. How do you do this? The best way is to make sure that there is something interesting to look at. The tricky part is finding something that’s interesting, but doesn’t compete with or distract attention from your main subject.
Your subject is the visual centre of your photo (it may not be positioned physically in the centre of the photo, but it’s the most important part of it). The elements around your subject, such as the foreground, should play a supporting role.
Negative space is the area around your subject. If this area is empty, like in the photo of the shell below, it’s called negative space because there’s very little in it. Negative space gives the subject room to breathe. It can also convey a sense of the subject’s environment.

Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals:

1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.

Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures or video to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more!
To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users' home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their content. And we want to be able to push them out in as many ways as possible: on the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs or ways we haven't thought of yet. What else are we going to use those smart refrigerators for?

2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video.

Once you make the switch to digital, it is all too easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos you take or videos you shoot with that itchy trigger finger. Albums, the principal way people go about organizing things today, are great -- until you get to 20 or 30 or 50 of them. They worked in the days of getting rolls of film developed, but the "album" metaphor is in desperate need of a Florida condo and full retirement.
Part of the solution is to make the process of organizing photos or videos collaborative. In Flickr, you can give your friends, family, and other contacts permission to organize your stuff - not just to add comments, but also notes and tags. People like to ooh and ahh, laugh and cry, make wisecracks when sharing photos and videos. Why not give them the ability to do this when they look at them over the internet? And as all this info accretes as metadata, you can find things so much easier later on, since all this info is also searchable.

What is Zenfolio?

Zenfolio is the best all-in-one solution for photographers to display, share, and sell their work online.
We became the best by making it our business to display every photograph with the same precision and attention to detail that went into making them. By channeling our passion to do this, we’ve created a viewing experience that is as impressive as the beautiful photographs displayed on our site.
As digital artists, our mission from the start was to build an online photography service that we would want to use ourselves. Now, nearly a decade later and with tens of thousands of photographers using Zenfolio every day to run their sites, we're still as passionate about what we do.
Every Zenfolio account includes unique organizational tools, an easy to use e-commerce platform, and customizable websites that let you store, sell, and show your photos in the best possible light. Our goal is to let you focus on what you love most… creating great photos. We'll take care of the rest.

A Trusted, Experienced Team

Zenfolio is part of the Inc. family of brands. Together we’re making art accessible to all by transforming the way the world discovers, personalizes, shares and purchases art. Though our team at Zenfolio has many years of experience developing Web and desktop software, it’s our shared commitment to photography and delivering the premier photo website service that binds us together. That and our daily ritual of having coffee together, just like we did in the beginning.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, had always wanted to work with Lee, and he jumped at the chance to join Life of Pi. No stranger to the ambitious production, having shot TRON: Legacy and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Miranda was excited. “Ang came to me because I do a lot of jobs that are kind of complicated,” Miranda says. But he only found out after he’d agreed to do it that Lee wanted to shoot the entire film in 3-D.”
“Miranda remembers the day well. They were trying to capture Pi landing in the water while the ship is sinking. A camera was supposed to circle around him as he fell. “It was a lot of coordination,” Miranda says, adding later that the scene didn’t even make it in the movie. In retrospect, Miranda can now pinpoint why things went so wrong that day. One of them was simple: The water in the tank was too hot. But he counts that day among many when things didn’t go as planned with the equipment. Everyone was still learning.

When shooting kids, we sometimes use distractions to direct their attention towards the camera or towards the light. For some, a squeaky toy does the trick, but with the younger generation being introduced to gadgets so early, it pays to have some photos, videos or apps ready. The Look Lock can help you provide some entertainment to give you a better opportunity to shoot.

Some models work better when they can see themselves in the camera, so by using your phone as a mirror, they can pose more easily and comfortably.